Oneida is Among Most Unhealthy Counties in the State
Story By Melissa Constanzer
RHINELANDER - We all want a healthy place to live and work in. But you may be shocked to find how your county ranks among others for overall health.
Oneida County is one of the most unhealthy in Wisconsin. Rankings place Oneida at 57th out of 72 for overall health.
"The rankings take into effect a lot of things like health factors, health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment," says Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department Director.
The county struggles with a high death rate and a feeling of "morbidity". That means people don't feel good about their health. Other health issues in the county are adult smoking and car crashes. Unemployment is also high and also considered a health issue. But there are areas that Oneida is already doing well in.
"Going to the doctor, getting our exams, women getting mammograms, and our physical environment. More and more of our community members are active," says Conlon.
Other counties that rank poorly are Forest and Adams Counties. Meanwhile, Florence, Taylor, and Vilas Counties all do well. For the complete listing, visit the associated link.
WISCONSIN - The DNR set new rules for tagging deer hit by a car. The new rules remove local law enforcement from the process.
You no longer have to call police to get a tag issued for a deer carcass, if you want to take it home after an accident.
"The new policy for the DNR shows that you just have to dial a number in order to get a tag issued for a deer on the side of the road instead of having to call a dispatcher to get a deputy on scene," said Oneida County Sheriff's Department Dispatch Brandi Gray.
This has to be done before taking the deer from the scene. The person who hit the deer has the right to take it, but if they don't want the deer, anyone can have it.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Invasive species specialists work hard to protect our lakes, but a few areas in Oneida County aren't doing as well as they'd like.
Aquatic experts have found invasive species in four new Oneida County lakes this summer. It's not a great sign, but it also isn't like years ago when someone might find acres of an invasive. However, it's still an issue.
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